Saturday, January 28, 2012
Every pet owners fear is that if something were to happen to them that their fur kids would end up orphaned and at a shelter. We know we NEED to do something about it, but there never seems to be the time, money or knowledge to make a plan to keep our pets safe in case of our untimely demise. (That last part isn't all that fun to think about either....maybe I've partially put this off due to my fear of my own mortality...) And besides, as far as I'm concerned, any demise of mine will be considered untimely. [=
Well, it wasn't exactly a new year's resolution, but I've decided to get off my duff and make sure that the critters have a plan.....to make sure that they end up somewhere that will give me peace of mind. I'm happy to report I've come across an organization that starts the process for pet owners by organizing steps to take to make this happen. www.2ndchance4pets.org is that organization.
Thousands of companion animals are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year simply because their human caregivers died or became ill and made no arrangements for the continuous care of their pets. What will happen to your pets if they outlive you? Take a look. Start the process. Get that peace of mind. I'm going to do it right now......
Friday, January 13, 2012
I discovered something this year, and I need to share it with you, because as fellow cat people, I KNOW you've experienced it.
You go to the vet with your cat. You say "my cat has started to "____________". (you can fill in anything here, literally....my cat has started to blink more often, my cat has started to eat the curtains, my cat has started to complete my sentences, etc. ) The doctor tilts his head like a dog that hears a funny noise and you try to further explain. "He/she does this little thing where...." and then you are pantomiming/imitating/impersonating your cat in the vet office, complete with sound effects, movement and facial expressions, while your cat crouches motionless in the carrier, not moving. The vet, then pretending to vaguely understand what you're trying to explain, takes said immobile kitty from the carrier, where it either lays like a boneless chicken on the table, or shreds every hand that comes near it. And yes, the chances of the worrisome behavior being observed by the vet in person are....well....minimal, unless it's critical (as opposed to moderate or mild, which we, as sensitive cat people, are very in tune with). The vet guesses at what it might be, gives you an estimate for some general tests, and hopes that something is revealed....
Been there? Oh, I have too. It's frustrating, time consuming and expensive.
But, almighty readers of this blog, I have found an answer for this dilemma!!! It's easy, available and doesn't cost anything extra.....and it's already saved me 2 visits to the vet.
"WHAT IS IT???!!!" the readers scream in unison.
Ready? [= Use your phone. You know, the video recorder in your phone!!! I'm serious. The little concerning behaviors that you take your cat to the vet for that you see at home, and you know the cat will NEVER do at the vet....just video them and either take the video in, or better yet, get your vet's email address and send the video. (if you do this last one, make sure to make the clip short, so that's it's an emailable length) When I noticed that Squeebert had a strange swallow at random times I taped this clip at home, took it to the vet, and he prescribed Pepcid a/c immediately.....this piece of video made the visit SO much simpler!!!
So use your phone's video camera to capture those elusive feline moments that are hard to explain....it makes things clearer, easier and in the end will save you a load of money.
Happy New Year from Cat Hair Everywhere!!!!